Comcast is upping the speed of its basic broadband tier – the “Economy” tier – from 768 kbps downstream and 384 kbps to 1Mbps/384kbps. The tier is available to residential customers only, according to a Comcast spokesman.

The increase is part of a pattern of accelerations for broadband service. Throughout the year, one market at a time, Comcast has been bumping up the broadband speeds of customers of its faster tiers. Comcast has been increasing the commonly subscribed-to 8 Mbps tier to 16 Mbps.

Additional, faster tiers will soon be available as Comcast (and other MSOs) rollout DOCSIS 3.0. The typical target is 50 Mbps.

Speeds of up to 160 Mbps are possible with the most common four-channel bonding DOCSIS 3.0 solutions, but eight-channel technology is available and would provide maximum throughputs of 320 Mbps on the downstream.

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